Spotlight on Nature for Colour INKspiration Challenge #163

Spotlight on Nature for Colour INKspiration Challenge #163


Spotlight on Nature Stamp Set and Die Bundle is upcoming new product available on May 1st with the 2024/2025 Annual Catalogue.

Welcome to my blog. Today’s post is for Colour INKspirations Colour Challenge #163. Our inspiration pic for this challenge was chosen by design team member, Monica Formosa. Wowzers … what a gorgeous bright, fun filled colour combo.

CI#163 will run for almost TWO weeks and will end at 7 pm (AEDT) on Monday April 22nd.

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Watercolouring with Acrylic Blocks …

So I took the inspiration graphic quite literally …. I love the blocks of colour in this amazing photo, so I tried to create something similar.

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What do you think? It is not quite the same, but I love how this turned out! It is so bright and happy. And I am betting that no two backgrounds would ever be the same, the method of watercolouring with Acrylic blocks is so random.

Step 1. Cut a Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper Panel 9.7cm x 14cm
Apply ink to a B sized block, spritz with water and place the block on the watercolour paper. 
Create a grid of coloured blocks in Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape and Starry Sky. Watercolour the blocks of colour to spread the ink if necessary.

Step 2. Blend Crushed Curry ink and Coastal Cabana ink onto a piece of Basic White cardstock with Blending Brushes.
Stamp Sentiment with Starry Sky ink.
Die Cut with circle die from Stylish Shapes.
Die cut with circle die from Spotlight on Nature from Coastal Cabana cardstock.
Layer two circles together.

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Step 3.
Stamp Leaves from Spotlight on Nature Stamp Set with Starry Sky ink to top left and bottom right of card. Add cross hatching with Poppy Parade ink.
Blend centre of leaves with blending pen, just a few light strokes which will blend out the Starry Sky ink slightly into the colours in the background.
Layer Panel onto a matt 10cm x 14.3cm of Crushed Curry cardstock.

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Step 4. To create the Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine, use White Baker’s Twine and dye it with Crushed Curry ink.  Apply Crushed Curry ink to a large block or craft mat.  Spritz with water and then put a length of Baker’s Twine into the puddle of ink.  Move around with a Take Your Pick tool or tweezers until the thread is yellow.  Remove excess ink from twine by patting well with Paper Towel.  Dry with a heat tool or set aside to dry thoroughly.
Wrap the thread around the layers twice and tie in a bow on the front.

Step 5. Adhere layers onto a Coastal Cabana Folded Card.
Adhere circular panel onto card front lower right over the twine with dimensionalss
Embellish Card with gems. (I used Purple Fine Shimmer Gems which has Gorgeous Grape as one of the colours).

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Spotlight on Nature Bundle …

This is new product coming in the soon to be released 2024/2025 Annual Catalogue from Stampin’ Up!® … Prepare to be amazed. If you don’t already get a catalogue from a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, please let me know on and I will pop one in the mail to you.

A product list is included below and because this bundle is not yet available, it is not included in the list. However the card is all about the background, so you could substitute whatever ink colours, stamps, dies you have on hand and create something similar.

**Note: Starry Sky ink is one of the retiring in colours … so if you don’t have that one, grab it now before it goes. It is a great blue.

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INKspired to join the challenge?

If you have some spare time to spend in the craft room over the next few weeks, you totally have time to create a card using this lovely colour combination, and upload it to the Facebook group here. Easy peasy!!! This challenge finishes at 7:00pm on Monday March 25th.
To check out all the challenge parameters, go to the challenge post first here.
If you want some INKspiration, check out all of the creations of the Colour INKspiration Crew in the challenge album here.
You don’t have to have a blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Make sure you use all of the challenge colours. You can also use neutrals such as Basic White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Basic Beige and metallics.

Not a member of the Colour INKspiration Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can’t wait to see what you create with these gorgeous pastel colours.

xxx Cheryll

Shopping info …

If you are in Australia and would like to purchase any of the supplies to create this card, links to my online store and shopping info are listed below. All purchases over $50 will receive a Video Class Bundle (12 videos to watch at your leisure) and go on the Catalogue mail out list for the next Annual Catalogue (coming out in May).

This is my monthly rewards code … use it when checking out to receive a gift of a 12 video tutorial bundle. Click on the image to add link to your shopping cart automatically.

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  • Well worth the effort! You knocked my socks off!
    This is a fantastic card, and I will have to give it a try sometime.

  • This is gorgeous Cheryll. I love how bold and beautiful your background is. Who knew the humble old acrylic block could be so handy! A total spunk of a card! x

    • Hi Lou, thanks so much. I chuckled when I read your comment … you can tell we grew up in the same era in Australia! 😉 xxxx

  • I just love the way you’ve blocked the colours for background. An absolute winner for me too is the way you’ve blended the inks for the sentiment…. it’s all visual symphony!! Love it.

    • thanks so much Jan …. Visual Symphony! That would be the highest praise I have ever received for a card! What an absolutely lovely description … you are so sweet.xxxxx

  • I love how you’ve recreated the inspiration photo and the watercolour background. Beautiful card and so bright!